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CHRISTMAS IS FOR THE BIRDS. depends what the context is. THIS CHRISTMAS I WANTED TO DO SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR THE BIRDS. One of the things I wanted to do this fall was build a bird feeder that would keep the seeds dry. Most feeders the birds scratch the seeds out and they fall on the ground, in this case snow. My IDEA was in my head, the feeder part would sit in the center of a platform that would be covered by a roof. It would be free standing so could be close to the house, near a tree so birds could perch on the branches. Use wood that I had on hand. Size determined by the material I had, example one board cut in 3 pieces determined the size. From there on it just progressed from there, love building by figuring it out as I go. Wondered about the roof, found some tongue and groove cedar ends from something?? Cut in half, seemed about right.
Took about 5 hours and had so much fun I didn’t take pictures along the way so here are some completed ones


The next series of posting will be jigs to make to make toy wheels and other things easily. just thought I would sneak this one in, the video’s are ready to go.

Thanks for looking again, and Christmas isn’t for the birds, it is a special time for all of us. Giving us hope for the future and eternity.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 12-06-2017 05:47 AM

Oh Brian, If you didn’t have all that cold, wet white stuff lying around the birds would be okay;
BUT as you do I’ll give you a GOLD STAR for helping the little birds be feed in the cold harshness of the northern winter…

AND YES, CHRISTMAS is about a certain HOPE & FUTURE bond up in LOVE as a baby boy who grow to be a man with the story concluding with EASTER Message!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 12-06-2017 07:29 AM

Wonderfull birdhouse. You realy made lot of birds happy.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 12-06-2017 08:26 AM

Great bird house, but where are the beds??? LOL.

They are very spoiled little critters, Brian.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 12-06-2017 12:11 PM

Going to take a LOT of seed to keep that full.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 12-06-2017 12:20 PM

Hi, Brian:

What a thoughtful and wonderful gift for your birds. I am sure they will appreciate it very much. I wish you a wonderful holiday season. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 12-06-2017 01:50 PM

Nice feeder, Brian!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 12-06-2017 02:02 PM

Good thinking Brian .

-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 12-06-2017 02:52 PM

now the squirrels don’t have to sit in the rain to eat – good job.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#9 posted 12-06-2017 03:11 PM

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#10 posted 12-06-2017 03:42 PM

I thought about squirrels when building this feeder. In some places, especially in towns where there are lots of trees around houses, From what I have read it is a real battle to keep the squirrels out of the feeder as they are so ingenious and great problem solvers. Living in the country with lots of space around the house, two out door cats, have not had any problem with mice or squirrels. We just have evergreen trees here and they prefer to stay out in the forest. Metal pipes over the legs may deter them if needed.
Thanks for the comments.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#11 posted 12-06-2017 04:05 PM

beautiful bird feeder BUT in my neck of the woods would be a squirrel nesting house our outdoor cat is a fricken bum maybe its soon time for some squirrel pot pie :<)) GREAT JOB :<))


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#12 posted 12-06-2017 04:22 PM

very nice project, well done, I won’t do it , I just have more squirrels than birds, and birds sing instead of being just pests. There is always a choice to make in life, right ?
Once more keep on the good work.

-- andrek

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#13 posted 12-06-2017 05:17 PM

This is a beautiful bird feeder and the birds will love it. Merry Christmas to our fine feathered friends.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 12-06-2017 05:29 PM

- JoeinGa

Great feeder; but I think you may have created this “SITUATION” too! I totally hate tree RATS!

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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#15 posted 12-06-2017 06:42 PM

I saw your post and this is the first thing that came to mind:

Feed The Birds – Mary Poppins

Early each day to the steps of Saint Paul’s
The little old bird woman comes
In her own special way to the people she calls
Come, buy my bags full of crumbs

Come feed the little birds, show them you care
And you’ll be glad if you do
Their young ones are hungry
Their nests are so bare
All it takes is tuppence from you

Feed the birds, tuppence a bag,
Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag
“Feed the birds, ” that’s what she cries
While overhead, her birds fill the skies

All around the cathedral the saints and apostles
Look down as she sells her wares.
Although you can’t see it, you know they are smiling
Each time someone shows that he cares

Though her words are simple and few
Listen, listen, she’s calling to you
“Feed the birds, tuppence a bag
Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag

Though her words are simple and few
Listen, listen, she’s calling to you
“Feed the birds, tuppence a bag
Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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